Favorite Cell Phones That Aren't iphones, Blackberries, etc.

  • shoelessj

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    Mar 07, 2009 11:57 PM GMT
    Hey guys i'm thinking about getting a new cell phone when my T-Mobile contract is up this spring and while the Moto Razr has served me well, i just kind of want something a little more interesting, but i don't need a fully smart phone, just maybe something like me, which is kinda smart and can figure out the rest.

    So i'm looking for recommendations. Do you have a good, enjoyable (and yeah, i admit it, nice-looking) cell phone you'd recommend?

    I don't need to be on the web, but would like a better camera and easier texting and oh yeah, good call quality. I want something sleek, professioanl and nice looking but i don't want a phone that looks like it belongs to a 17-year-old girl. Don't really need to play music on it because i already have an ipod that i love (and before you say it, yes, i know, the iphone would be second nature to me, but i don't want to pay the $60 or so a month for service, and i already have the fun apps on the ipod. and at&t service is kinda spotty in my area.)

    And if you've got anything good [or bad] to say about the carriers, i'd like to hear, as well. I'm likely to stick with TMobile, but might consider others (does anyone have US Cellular? They intrigue me but i'm still skeptical because they are smaller than the rest).

  • Klutch84

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    Mar 08, 2009 12:13 AM GMT
    I don't know the extent of AT&T's phones (I have Sprint) but you should try phonescoop.com and phonedog.com for recommendations, editor/user reviews, video reviews and forums.
  • Bunjamon

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    Mar 08, 2009 1:03 AM GMT
    Go for the free one. I'm coming to the end of a 3-year contract and I got a little motorola for NADA and it has served me well. Does exactly what a phone should do: make phone calls.
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    Mar 08, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    I bought the LG Shine today.
    Don't know how good it is yet.
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    Mar 08, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    i loved anything samsung! but then i got my blackberry bold and life hasnt been the same
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    Mar 08, 2009 3:20 AM GMT
    Aqua504 saidi loved anything samsung! but then i got my blackberry bold and life hasnt been the same

    I had a Samsung flip phone as well. But then I got my Blackberry Bold and I LOVE IT! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Klutch84

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    Mar 08, 2009 3:30 AM GMT
    I always used HTC and Windows Mobile phones but I bought a BlackBerry Curve 3 weeks ago. Never lookin back and I'm addicted to BlackBerry Messenger
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    Mar 08, 2009 3:55 AM GMT
    Verizon. I could type for 4 hours about all the pros and cons about most main carriers (just cuz I do alot and i mean A LOT of reasearch about all the different types of technology invloved.) I will keep this quick to try to help you out.

    Verizon and sprint use CDMA (no sim cards). TMobile and ATT use GSM (sim cards)

    As long as you stay in the US mainly, CDMA is the way to go. Here is why:
    -CDMA signals travel farther and penetrate buildings much better
    -CDMA towers hold much more bandwidth than GSM towers (if you have ever been to the Kentcuky Derby or the Inauguration or any place with THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE in one spot, people using GSM may have difficulty making/receiving calls for this very reason)
    -CDMA users generally have no problem making/receiving calls when they only have one "bar". In my experience with ATT and Tmobile, when you only have one "bar", the call is choppy."

    Besides those reasons, I recommend Verizon because their network just covers more of the US than anyone elses. They are the largest network in the US, and they offer discounts for damn near everything. They offer insurance on ALL of their phones, and you also can specify 5 numbers (10 for family plans) that are not on Verizons network that you can call for free whenever. If you choose NOT to get a Smartphone or Blackberry, you can get unlimited internet for only 15 bucks a month. Cheaper than most i think.

    All in all, since you live in Chicago, you shouldn't have real trouble with any provider, but i know verizon would shine once you go deep in hospitals, basements, elevators, ect. Plus in all the places I have traveled, I have had service, and I cant tell you how many times I have lent my phone to someone to use a call WHILE WE ARE ON A HIGHWAY. That makes no sense to me. I go to Chicago several times a year, and I generally have all 8 bars, and there is no trouble on the mag mile either, even inside. My buddies Tmoble phone lost service in the mall with the lego place lol. Service was also great in Naperville (if thats how you spell it)

    Last note, Verizon offers you 30 days to completely try them out. If you aren't happy, take the phone back and walk away. I am 90% sure no other place offers this, but Verizon does because they have the lowest drop rate (which means fewer people leave verizon than any other wireless company).

    As for my cell phone, I have the Gzone Boulder. Its the waterproof one they offer. Flippin sweeeet.
    But it does have some lag, and I want a touchscreen, so I think I am going to get a Samsung Omnia this weekend.

    Good luck man, I tried to keep this short lol. If you have any more questions, jus shoot me a message. I know damn near everything to know about how these things work.
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    Mar 08, 2009 5:11 AM GMT
    Motorola V9x on ATT, if you want a phone that's just a phone. Motorola always has excellent hardware. And RF performance is usually better than other manufacturers. You can buy the V9x on Amazon.com for less than $1 on contract. And I think there's a rebate right now, so you get some money back to cover the activation fee.

    Motorola V8. Basically the same thing as the V9x, except no 3G. But it has more internal memory to store photos and music. You can buy these unlocked directly from Motorola or from Amazon. If you don't mind extending your contract for a cheaper price, you can just upgrade through T-Mobile.

    Another T-Mobile phone to consider is the Samsung Behold. For a touchscreen phone, the virtual keyboard is pretty good. Has 3G, a web browser, contacts and calender, GPS, decent camera. It also supports regular java apps, so you can load google maps or Opera web browser on there. I think the Behold is a little more than a regular phone, but not quite a full smartphone. You should go to the T-Mobile store and play around with it.
  • shoelessj

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    Mar 08, 2009 10:18 PM GMT
    Guys, thanks. This is all really good advice. Much better than i've seen in the 'reviews' section of amazon, cnet, etc.

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    Mar 08, 2009 10:34 PM GMT
    Best network is Verizon though i do drop calls sometimes, it's just the crappy hilly KC area. The LG Venus is compact slide style and i ditched my ipod and all my musics on my phone now so i need to carry only one thing to the gym, the plane wherever...-- the plan i like now is 900 anytime min. for $60 and i now get free friends/family (5 numbers) to put in if theyre not VZW.

    $10 for my text plan thats 500 messages (text, pic or vid) and unlimited in network msgs (other VZW)

    I'm trying out mobile web (browser, news, vid's etc including web email from like yahoo etc)-- its free for 30 days, after that $15/mo if i want to keep
  • metalxracr

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    Mar 08, 2009 10:37 PM GMT
    I really love Sony Ericcsons are WAY under rated! I really like them! They have awesome features and amazing cameras on their phones!